Throughout U.S. history, government science has made extraordinary contributions to our well-being. From vaccination to the moon landing and the development of the Internet, scientists working for the federal government have made Americans safer, healthier, more prosperous, and better informed about our world.
But while government science is responsive to public concerns, it is also vulnerable to political pressures. When the scientific evidence supports policies that threaten the interests of powerful constituencies, science may be suppressed, censored, distorted, or manipulated.
As the Trump administration took office in early 2017, it became apparent that such abuses were likely to increase, and we began documenting attacks on science and encouraging scientists and others to watchdog the administration and Congress and to share their stories with us.